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Mon 25 Jun
Learn to Swim Session One 6/25-7/19
Monday, June 25, 2018 until Thursday, July 19, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:45 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Mine Kill State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from June 25th to July 19th Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:40pm.
Mon 09 Jul
Learn-to-Swim (Registration Full)
Monday, July 9, 2018 until Friday, July 20, 2018
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Saratoga Spa State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 9th through July 20th, 2018 at the Peerless Pool.

Who: Any child between the ages of 3 and 12

Where: Peerless Pool

When: Monday – Friday, July 9 – 20, 2018, between 8-10a.m.
Session I: 8:30-9:10a.m.
Session II: 9:20-10:00a.m.

Cost: FREE

How: ONE registration session: (at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building): Wednesday, May 16th, 6p.m.

Bring: Medical information- Child's guardian's name, address and phone number, Child's doctor's name, address and phone number, Child's insurance information (name of company and ID number), List of any allergies or special conditions, Date of last tetanus shot, List of medications being taken.

Registration: Required
Mon 16 Jul
Learn to Swim First Session 7/16-7/26
Monday, July 16, 2018 until Thursday, July 26, 2018
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grafton Lakes State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 16th to July 26th Monday through Thursday from 10:15 am to 11am and 5pm to 5:45pm.
Mon 16 Jul
Learn to Swim July 16th - 26th
Monday, July 16, 2018 until Thursday, July 26, 2018
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Moreau State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 16th - 26th (Monday - Thursday) from 10:15am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
Mon 16 Jul
Learn to Swim July 16th - 26th
Monday, July 16, 2018 until Thursday, July 26, 2018
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Moreau State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 16th - 26th (Monday - Thursday) from 10:15am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
Tue 17 Jul
African Drumming & Dance Workshops with percussionist Jo Sallins.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 until Thursday, July 19, 2018
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Three sessions daily: 10-11am for ages 5-10, noon-1:30pm for ages 11-17, evenings 6-8pm for adults. Come once or everyday. $10 per workshop or $25 for all three. Registration required. Click here to register.

Registration: Required
Wed 18 Jul
Mud Pond Hike
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Wed 18 Jul
Mud Pond Hike
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Wed 18 Jul
Woodpecker Walk
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Interested in learning more about woodpeckers? Join us for this moderate hike to learn about the different woodpeckers you can find in the area, along with how to identify them. This event meets at the Creekside Classroom. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Thu 19 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 19 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 19 Jul
Tour of the Battlefield
Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tour the three main areas of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of walking and driving is required. At Bennington Battlefield NY RT-67, Hoosick, NY.
Thu 19 Jul
Preschool Naturalists
Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Preschool Naturalists is a nature class designed for children ages 3 to 5. This hour-long program will focus on using all five sense to explore a certain aspect of the outdoor world. This hour-long program will focus on using all five sense to explore a certain aspect of the outdoor world. Children will also enjoy a nature related story and craft. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.
Registration: Required
Thu 19 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 19, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 19 Jul
Kid’s Craft
Thursday, July 19, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come join us at the nature center for arts and crafts. Please call 518-793-0511 for more info.

Thu 19 Jul
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, July 19, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 19 Jul
Kid’s Craft
Thursday, July 19, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come join us at the nature center for arts and crafts. Please call 518-793-0511 for more info.

Thu 19 Jul
Let’s Go Out on a Limb
Thursday, July 19, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

What do trees do? How do they make food? How do they get water? What are the parts of a tree? We'll explore these questions with a series of hands-on games and activities and discover the secrets behind the bark.

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Fri 20 Jul
Senior Nature Walk
Friday, July 20, 2018 09:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. For adults only. This event is free and meets at the Creekside Classroom. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Fri 20 Jul
Hike and Find
Friday, July 20, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Can you find a maple leaf? A squirrel? Come for a nature hike and play BINGO in the environment around you! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Fri 20 Jul
Paper Wings
Friday, July 20, 2018 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

People of all ages and experience levels are invited to Saratoga Spa State Park's Creekside Classroom at 1:00 p.m. during each Friday in July to learn about pollinators and to try their hands at origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding. Each Friday will feature a lesson and two-part, step-by-step origami craft focused on a different type of pollinator. Origami paper will be provided and coloring pages will be available for younger children. Please contact Katie at 518-584-2000 ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Jul
Seed Ball Making
Friday, July 20, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Do you want to help grow more native NY wildflower seeds? Come join us in making seed balls that you can distribute anywhere in NY!

 

Meet at the Playground Tent

Fri 20 Jul
In-depth: The Dragoon Redoubt
Friday, July 20, 2018 04:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

This focused tour will give visitors a detailed look at the area of the Dragoon Redoubt on "Hessian Hill." At Bennington Battlefield NY RT-67, Hoosick, NY.

Sat 21 Jul
Crown Point Road Association Summer 1777 Battlefields Caravan Tour
Saturday, July 21, 2018 09:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Caravan between historic sites in Vermont and New York, including Bennington Battlefield, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Entry fees where applicable. At Beginning at Hubbardton Battlefield.

Sat 21 Jul
For Kids and Families– Stories
Saturday, July 21, 2018 09:00 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Calvin Ramsey reads "Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend," about one of the mules that drew the wagon carrying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his final resting place.

Sat 21 Jul
Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, July 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Sat 21 Jul
Sustainability Stroll
Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Join an environmental educator on Saturday, July 21st at 11 A.M. at Peebles Island State Park for a conservation-themed walk to learn about Leave No Trace. This program will meet at the Visitor Center and enjoy an hour-long walk around the park. This program is open to all ages, but has been designed for families with children ages 5 and up. The hike is a less than two mile round-trip and will be cancelled in the event of rain. The address for Peebles Island State Park is 1 Delaware Ave North, Cohoes, NY 12047. Registration is required for this program; please call Kim Hill at 518-584-2000, ext. 111, or email Kim.Hill@parks.ny.gov.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jul
Storytime at the Park
Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:30 AM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Miss Joelle from Castleton Public Library for a special storytime at the Park! Recommended for ages birth to 6.

Sat 21 Jul
Feathered Friends
Saturday, July 21, 2018 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Learn about the unique, beautiful, and mysterious birds “hoo” call the park home. Participants will learn how to ID both common and iconic birds, what sounds they make, and where to find them while out in the park. The Feathered Friends program is recommended for ages five and up. Call the welcome center at 518-279-1155 to RSVP! Program will be held rain or shine and will meet at the Welcome Center.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jul
Art of Nature
Saturday, July 21, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Explore your own artistic side by using found materials in nature to make art!

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Sat 21 Jul
Waterfall Hike
Saturday, July 21, 2018 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Beautiful waterfalls are just a short hike away! All ages are encouraged to take in the beauty surrounding the campground as we hit the trail to see the falls. Meets at park office.
Sat 21 Jul
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 21, 2018 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Gather round a crackling fire to hear stories from our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan. Claire shares a fun, entertaining mixture of fairytales, legends and personal stories that have wide appeal for all ages. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you wish. S’mores fixin’s will be available. Materials fee of $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jul
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 21, 2018 06:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Gather round a crackling fire to hear stories from our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan. Claire shares a fun, entertaining mixture of fairytales, legends and personal stories that have wide appeal for all ages. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you wish. S’mores fixin’s will be available. Materials fee of $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jul
Night Hike
Saturday, July 21, 2018 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Test out your senses in the moonlight and see the world transform before your eyes with the help of a lifesaver! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Sun 22 Jul
Summer Mushroom Walk
Sunday, July 22, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meet your local fungi! Guided by the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association. Meets at Welcome Center. Program is free after parking fee of $8/car.

Sun 22 Jul
Stream Safari
Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Spend your morning in Geyser Creek getting to know the aquatic creatures that call it home! Please wear water shoes and clothes that can get wet. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 22 Jul
Whose Pellets Hoos
Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Do you love owls? So, do we! Come dissect owl pellets and learn about the habits of these amazing creatures.

Meet at Playground Tent

Sun 22 Jul
Grant Remembrance Day
Sunday, July 22, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

It has become a tradition at Grant Cottage to mark this somber occasion by recreating the Grant family circle and allowing those who loved him most to speak about Grant the husband, father and grandfather.

Sun 22 Jul
Follow the Beaten Path
Sunday, July 22, 2018 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Hike around on a conservation themed walk and join our discussion about the seven Leave No Trace principles.

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Mon 23 Jul
Active Nature Games
Monday, July 23, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Come stretch your legs and play fun games with an environmental twist! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Mon 23 Jul
Busy Beavers
Monday, July 23, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Learn more about beavers and the important role that they play in our environment! This program will take place in the Creekside Classroom, followed by a short nature hike to look for signs of beavers in our park. This program is designed for children ages 6 – 8. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Mon 23 Jul
Hiking Battle Loop
Monday, July 23, 2018 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Join us for a one mile hike on the battlefield. At Bennington Battlefield NY RT-67, Hoosick, NY.
Mon 23 Jul
Hike and Find
Monday, July 23, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Can you find a maple leaf? A squirrel? Come for anature hike and play BINGO in the environment around you! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Mon 23 Jul
Learn to Swim Session Two 7/23 - 8/16
Monday, July 23, 2018 until Thursday, August 16, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:45 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Mine Kill State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 23rd to August 16th Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:40pm.
Tue 24 Jul
Critter Crawl
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator as we go into our woods to explore! We will walk to a close by creek. There we will look under logs and rocks searching for cool critters. But make sure you always put everything back where you found it! Please call to reserve a spot at 518-793-0511 with 24-hour advanced notice. We will meet and pay for the event at the park office.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Jul
Critter Crawl
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator as we go into our woods to explore! We will walk to a close by creek. There we will look under logs and rocks searching for cool critters. But make sure you always put everything back where you found it! Please call to reserve a spot at 518-793-0511 with 24-hour advanced notice. We will meet and pay for the event at the park office.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Jul
Learn to Identify Series
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

The Learn to Identify series will talk about a new topic each week which may include ticks, poison ivy, trees and wildflowers, and invasive species. Join us for one program or all. Welcome to people of all ages and all experience levels. This event meets at the Creekside Classroom. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Jul
Let’s Go Out on a Limb
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

What do trees do? How do they make food? How do they get water? What are the parts of a tree? We'll explore these questions with a series of hands-on games and activities and discover the secrets behind the bark.

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Tue 24 Jul
General Grant’s Write Hand Man
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm will discuss Noble Dawson, the stenographer who became Grant's indispensable aide and friend, and Camp Ford, Texas, the prison camp where he was imprisoned.

Tue 24 Jul
Seed Ball Making
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Do you want to help grow more native NY wildflower seeds? Come join us in making seed balls that you can distribute anywhere in NY!

Meet at Playground Tent

Tue 24 Jul
Creatures of the Night
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 08:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Have you ever wondered what the park looks like after dark? Join the environmental educator after hours at the Creekside Classroom to learn about the nocturnal animals that call this park home. This program will include an evening nature hike to listen and look for signs of nocturnal animals. Welcome to people of all ages. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp with you. This is a free event. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Wed 25 Jul
Fishing with Gary
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Wed 25 Jul
Fishing with Gary
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Wed 25 Jul
Active Nature Games
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Come stretch your legs and play fun games with an environmental twist! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Meet at Main Comfort Station

Wed 25 Jul
Fun With Frogs
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Learn about the different frog species that live in the park and the noises that they make! We will also go on a nature walk to search for frogs. All ages welcome. Call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Wed 25 Jul
Whose Pellets Hoos
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Do you love owls? So, do we! Come dissect owl pellets and learn about the habits of these amazing creatures.

Meet at Playground Tent

Wed 25 Jul
Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

This month the group is reading The Iroquois in the American Revolution by Barbara Graymont. New members welcome. At Brown’s Walloomsac Tavern 50 Factory Hill Rd, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090.
Wed 25 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday – Wild Edibles with Anita Sanchez
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds- Wild Edibles With educator and author Anita Sanchez We'll collect some common edible plants from lawn and meadow, and then create a salad to see what they taste like. We'll also sample some wild teas.Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns Kim and Keri.

Thu 26 Jul
Hudson River Kayak
Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Warm weather is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a fantastic way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Thu 26 Jul
Hudson River Kayak
Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Warm weather is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a fantastic way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Thu 26 Jul
Nature Hike
Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a naturalist for a hike on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Ages 5 and up. This event meets at the Creekside Classroom. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 26 Jul
Kid’s Craft
Thursday, July 26, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come join us at the nature center for arts and crafts. Please call 518-793-0511 for more info.

Thu 26 Jul
Kid’s Craft
Thursday, July 26, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come join us at the nature center for arts and crafts. Please call 518-793-0511 for more info.

Thu 26 Jul
Meeting of the Friends of Bennington Battlefield
Thursday, July 26, 2018 04:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Meetings of the Friends are free and open to the public. At 30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090.

Fri 27 Jul
Fishing with Gary
Friday, July 27, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Jul
Fishing with Gary
Friday, July 27, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Jul
Little Folks’ Nature Club
Friday, July 27, 2018 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Children naturally love to explore nature, so just come out and wander with us. You never know what stories nature will tell! We'll start at the welcome center and explore from there. Free program after gate fee of $8/car.

Fri 27 Jul
Paper Wings
Friday, July 27, 2018 01:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

People of all ages and experience levels are invited to Saratoga Spa State Park's Creekside Classroom at 1:00 p.m. during each Friday in July to learn about pollinators and to try their hands at origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding. Each Friday will feature a lesson and two-part, step-by-step origami craft focused on a different type of pollinator. Origami paper will be provided and coloring pages will be available for younger children. Please contact Katie at 518-584-2000 ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Jul
Fireside Jams
Friday, July 27, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690

Sat 28 Jul
For Kids and Families– Stories
Saturday, July 28, 2018 09:00 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Keela Grimmette reads "Neema's Reason to Smile," a story inspired by real-life students at Jambo Jipya School in Kenya where Keela worked while in college. Arts activity to follow.

Sat 28 Jul
Yoga at the Beach
Saturday, July 28, 2018 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Greet the day with local yoga instructor Mareena Razik on the sands of Long Pond Beach! Participants must be at least 16 years old and provide their own mat or towel. Program costs $5 per participant. $8/vehicle gate fee refunded if only staying for the program. Drop-in program. To find class, follow signs to north end of beach, past volleyball nets. IN CASE OF RAIN: program will meet in Welcome Center
Sat 28 Jul
Karner Blue Butterfly Painting Class for Kids at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The Karner Blue Butterfly is a rare butterfly that thrives in our area. Come learn about them while you paint this blue beauty with artist and teacher Noreen Powell. Learn to use artistic techniques to create a sense of texture and movement that will make your painting come to life! Fee of $10 includes all materials. This program is appropriate for children 7-13 years old. Please call 518-872-0800 to register your child.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jul
Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Sat 28 Jul
Karner Blue Butterfly Painting Class for Kids at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The Karner Blue Butterfly is a rare butterfly that thrives in our area. Come learn about them while you paint this blue beauty with artist and teacher Noreen Powell. Learn to use artistic techniques to create a sense of texture and movement that will make your painting come to life! Fee of $10 includes all materials. This program is appropriate for children 7-13 years old. Please call 518-872-0800 to register your child.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jul
Glacier Behavior at Thacher Park
Saturday, July 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Come to the Visitor Center and “Chill” with our educators as we learn about how glaciers behave. Believe it or not, the ice is also strong enough to shape the landscape. The program will have hands on demonstrations perfect for the entire family. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jul
Fish Fillet Demo
Saturday, July 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary. This event is free.

Sat 28 Jul
Fish Fillet Demo
Saturday, July 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary. This event is free.

Sat 28 Jul
Glacier Behavior at Thacher Park
Saturday, July 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Come to the Visitor Center and “Chill” with our educators as we learn about how glaciers behave. Believe it or not, the ice is also strong enough to shape the landscape. The program will have hands on demonstrations perfect for the entire family. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jul
Ty Dye with a Twist
Saturday, July 28, 2018 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Anything can be Ty Dye, even milk! Make some art and learn the chemistry behind this process. Meets at the beach.
Sat 28 Jul
Campfire Storytelling at the Welcome Center
Saturday, July 28, 2018 06:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Claire Nolan will share "Stories from My Backyard and Beyond," including folks and fairy tales, personal and historical stories. S'mores too, of course!

Sat 28 Jul
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, July 28, 2018 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walkingaround the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and themoon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jul
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, July 28, 2018 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walkingaround the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and themoon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jul
Family Movie Night
Saturday, July 28, 2018 08:30 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Bring a chair or blanket and come watch a family-friendly movie under the stars on our big outdoor screen. Ask at the park office for the movie title. Free!
Sun 29 Jul
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 29 Jul
Calling All Insect Enthusiasts! at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 29, 2018 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Learn how to catch insects like a professional, identify them, and get started on your very own collection! This program will involve pinning real insect specimens. If possible, please bring a shoebox and piece of Styrofoam for the program. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 29 Jul
Winsor Brown French, the Soldier, the Lawyer, the Man
Sunday, July 29, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Engaging storyteller Gloria May will explain how Winsor French's accomplishments are still part of Saratoga today and what part he played in Grant's funeral on Mount McGregor on August 4, 1885.

Sun 29 Jul
Calling All Insect Enthusiasts! at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 29, 2018 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Learn how to catch insects like a professional, identify them, and get started on your very own collection! This program will involve pinning real insect specimens. If possible, please bring a shoebox and piece of Styrofoam for the program. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Mon 30 Jul
Learn to Swim Second Session 7/30-8/9
Monday, July 30, 2018 until Thursday, August 9, 2018
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grafton Lakes State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 30th to August 9th Monday through Thursday from 10:15 am to 11am.
Mon 30 Jul
Stream Safari
Monday, July 30, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Spend your morning in Geyser Creek getting to know the aquatic creatures that call it home! Please wear water shoes and clothes that can get wet. This is a free event. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Jul
Bird Bingo
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 09:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join us for a fun introduction to birding. All you have to do is look and listen. We will learn to spot as many local birds as we can while playing bird bingo! Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from the classroom. Welcome to people of all ages and all experience levels. This event meets at the Creekside Classroom.

Tue 31 Jul
Beaver Adventure
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This short walk is family friendly and will bring participants close to a beaver lodge and on the edge of some great beaver habitat. A Park Educator will teach you all the things you never knew you wanted to know about these awesome creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Jul
Beaver Adventure
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This short walk is family friendly and will bring participants close to a beaver lodge and on the edge of some great beaver habitat. A Park Educator will teach you all the things you never knew you wanted to know about these awesome creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Jul
It Began with Danny Ammen
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Tour guide Steve Trimm invites you to hear the epic tale of Admiral Ammen., the childhood friend who saved Grant's life.

Tue 31 Jul
Storytime at the Park
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 06:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Miss Joelle from Castleton Public Library for a special storytime at the Park! Recommended for ages birth to 6.

Fri 03 Aug
Learn to Geocache
Friday, August 3, 2018 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Use a GPS to find hidden objects in the woods. Meet at the Main Comfort Station.

Fri 03 Aug
Family Movie Night at the Beach
Friday, August 3, 2018 08:45 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for a free movie on Long Pond beach, weather permitting. Check out our 16' big screen under Grafton's big sky! Movie is kid-friendly and PG-rated so bring the whole family. We can't announce the movie title due to licensing restrictions, but animal lovers will enjoy this flick! Our new food concession, MC Snack Shack, will stay open after the beach closes at 6pm, so buy dinner and treats before the show!

Sat 04 Aug
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, August 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Aug
Kayaking with Ashley
Saturday, August 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Ashley for an intro-level paddling course on the Schodack Creek. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Kayaks, life jackets, and paddles will be provided.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Aug
Storytime at the Park
Saturday, August 4, 2018 11:30 AM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Miss Joelle from Castleton Public Library for a special storytime at the Park! Recommended for ages birth to 6.

Sat 04 Aug
The Man Who Baptized Grant
Saturday, August 4, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

The life of the Reverend Dr. John Philip Newman, clergyman, popular orator, author and world traveler, will be outlined through his life's religious and political activities, throughout the United States and abroad, for the Methodist Church.

Sat 04 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, August 4, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Sat 04 Aug
Home is Where the Hive is at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 4, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for a fun and fascinating look at our honeybee observation hive! We’ll meet the querulous queen, the woebegone workers, and the dull drones, while learning about the various jobs they have within the colony. Observe up close the features of the hive, including the fabulous feeding port and the tubular TUBE. Try on the beekeeping equipment, and test your honeybee knowledge in a friendly trivia game! Program is appropriate for adults and children. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Aug
Home is Where the Hive is at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 4, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join us for a fun and fascinating look at our honeybee observation hive! We’ll meet the querulous queen, the woebegone workers, and the dull drones, while learning about the various jobs they have within the colony. Observe up close the features of the hive, including the fabulous feeding port and the tubular TUBE. Try on the beekeeping equipment, and test your honeybee knowledge in a friendly trivia game! Program is appropriate for adults and children. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Aug
Bubbles in the Sky
Saturday, August 4, 2018 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Calling kids of all ages! Come try your hand and see if you can make a giant bubble! Learn the science of this classic summer activity. Meets at the beach
Sat 04 Aug
Movies in the Park
Saturday, August 4, 2018 08:15 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet in the field for an outdoor movie. Brought to you in partnership with Castleton Library.

Sun 05 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 05 Aug
Dog Days of Summer at Thacher Park
Sunday, August 5, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us with your furry friends as we adventure through the park. Learn how to keep your dog cool, hydrated, and comfortable when exploring in the summer heat. We will begin at the LaGrange Bush parking area. Proof of recent vaccinations and six-foot leash (maximum) are required. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sun 05 Aug
Dog Days of Summer at Thacher Park
Sunday, August 5, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join us with your furry friends as we adventure through the park. Learn how to keep your dog cool, hydrated, and comfortable when exploring in the summer heat. We will begin at the LaGrange Bush parking area. Proof of recent vaccinations and six-foot leash (maximum) are required. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sun 05 Aug
Winning the Peace: Ulysses S. Grant, The Election of 1868, and the Meaning of the Civil War
Sunday, August 5, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Andre M. Fleche, associate professor of history at Castleton University, reflects on the ways that Grant's ultimately successful candidacy cemented the legacy of Union and emancipation, thereby shaping the meaning of the Civil War itself.

Sun 05 Aug
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, August 5, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

"I Am Not Your Negro", Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated film exploring James Balwin's observations on race in America that connects past to the ever-urgent present

Tue 07 Aug
General Grant Smiles
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm will share examples of the stories and incidents Grant found amusing.

Wed 08 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns Kim and Keri. More details to come.
Sat 11 Aug
Civil War Weekend
Saturday, August 11, 2018 until Sunday, August 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Nearly 100 authentic Civil War reenactors, both Blue & Gray with cannons booming, cavalry clashing and educational fun and excitement for the entire family!

Sat 11 Aug
The Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count
Saturday, August 11, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

See what fish species we seine in from the river during this annual citizen science initiative to catalog river life. We will need help sorting and counting the fish we find!

Sat 11 Aug
Milkweed and Monarch Conservation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 11, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The Monarch butterfly, one of our most vibrant and recognizable species, is on the decline! Learn about the many challenges Monarchs face in their environment. Find out about the amazing conservation efforts taking place throughout the country, then visit a milkweed patch to learn about how this unique plant supports an array of insects, including the Monarch. Participants will take home a milkweed plant and planting instructions. Program is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Aug
Milkweed and Monarch Conservation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 11, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The Monarch butterfly, one of our most vibrant and recognizable species, is on the decline! Learn about the many challenges Monarchs face in their environment. Find out about the amazing conservation efforts taking place throughout the country, then visit a milkweed patch to learn about how this unique plant supports an array of insects, including the Monarch. Participants will take home a milkweed plant and planting instructions. Program is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Aug
This Park is for the Birds!
Saturday, August 11, 2018 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Cherry Plain was originally set aside by the DEC as a conservation area for birds to stop along their migratory routes. Come see what birds we can find before they leave the park! Meets at the park office.
Sat 11 Aug
Reptiles with Uncharted Wild at the Welcome Center
Saturday, August 11, 2018 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meet some amazing animals with educator Adam Bornt. Come meet something that slithers!

Sat 11 Aug
Movies in the Park
Saturday, August 11, 2018 08:15 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet in the field for an outdoor movie. Brought to you in partnership with Castleton Library.

Sun 12 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 12 Aug
Early Morning Birdwalk w/ George Steele
Sunday, August 12, 2018 06:30 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for this Early Morning Bird Walk with environmental educator George Steele! Come listen to the early morning chorus and identify some of the many birds of the Mohawk Valley.

Program will occur on the grounds of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper shoes for walking on damp grass.

Sun 12 Aug
For Kids and Families– Stories
Sunday, August 12, 2018 09:00 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Blueberry season reading of Robert McCloskey's classic, "Blueberries for Sal". Followed by guided blueberry picking on the Brown homestead and topped off with fresh fruit over vanilla ice cream!

Sun 12 Aug
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, August 12, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

"An Outrage," an award-winning documentary about lynching in the southern United States. Teachers and other educators encouraged to attend. (Contact mreding@johnbrownlives.org about joining JBL! on visit to The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and other human rights destinations in Montgomery, Alabama, Oct 18-20.)

Tue 14 Aug
Ulysses Grant III: Maintaining a Family Legacy
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Join Grant Cottage Site Coordinator Ben Kemp as he examines Ulysses Grant III's extraordinary life starting as a young boy on the steps of his grandfather's final home at Mt. McGregor to becoming a Major General in the US Army striving to preserve the heritage of his family and his country.

Tue 14 Aug
Storytime at the Park
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 06:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Miss Joelle from Castleton Public Library for a special storytime at the Park! Recommended for ages birth to 6.

Fri 17 Aug
Fossil Find Friday at Thacher Park
Friday, August 17, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Brachiopods, Crinoids, and Bryozoans, oh my! Learn about these creatures and why their fossils can be found in Thacher Park. We will meet at the Visitor Center and take a walk to look for fossils both on and off trail. We will be observing only and not removing anything, as collecting is not allowed in the park. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Fri 17 Aug
Fossil Find Friday at Thacher Park
Friday, August 17, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Brachiopods, Crinoids, and Bryozoans, oh my! Learn about these creatures and why their fossils can be found in Thacher Park. We will meet at the Visitor Center and take a walk to look for fossils both on and off trail. We will be observing only and not removing anything, as collecting is not allowed in the park. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Fri 17 Aug
The Night Shift: Moths After Dark at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, August 17, 2018 08:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

After dark, a whole other community of animals becomes active. Come and see gorgeous moths and other nocturnal insects attracted to special lights. After a short introduction inside, head out to the moth lighting set-up with moth experts Catherine Klatt and Rebecca Allmond. Bring a flashlight, and be prepared for mosquitoes. You will probably be most comfortable with long pants and sleeves, and insect repellent. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Fri 17 Aug
The Night Shift: Moths After Dark at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, August 17, 2018 08:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

After dark, a whole other community of animals becomes active. Come and see gorgeous moths and other nocturnal insects attracted to special lights. After a short introduction inside, head out to the moth lighting set-up with moth experts Catherine Klatt and Rebecca Allmond. Bring a flashlight, and be prepared for mosquitoes. You will probably be most comfortable with long pants and sleeves, and insect repellent. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Aug
Learn to Fish
Saturday, August 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Find out what fish you might catch in the river, learn how to tie a fishing knot, and kids 15 and under can try casting a line in the Hudson River. Meet at the Boat Launch.

Sat 18 Aug
Storytime at the Park
Saturday, August 18, 2018 11:30 AM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Miss Joelle from Castleton Public Library for a special storytime at the Park! Recommended for ages birth to 6.

Sat 18 Aug
Waterfall Hike
Saturday, August 18, 2018 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Beautiful waterfalls are just a short hike away! All ages are encouraged to take in the beauty surrounding the campground as we hit the trail to see the falls. Meets at park office.
Sat 18 Aug
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 18, 2018 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Gather round a crackling fire to hear stories from our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan. Claire shares a fun, entertaining mixture of fairytales, legends and personal stories that have wide appeal for all ages. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you wish. S'mores fixin's will be available. Materials fee of $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Aug
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 18, 2018 06:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Gather round a crackling fire to hear stories from our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan. Claire shares a fun, entertaining mixture of fairytales, legends and personal stories that have wide appeal for all ages. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you wish. S'mores fixin's will be available. Materials fee of $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Aug
Movies in the Park
Saturday, August 18, 2018 08:15 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet in the field for an outdoor movie. Brought to you in partnership with Castleton Library.

Sun 19 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 19 Aug
Rails to Saratoga Springs and to Mount McGregor
Sunday, August 19, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Join Dr. Richard Chait, author (and Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University), as he brings back area images of the bygone era of Saratoga railroads.

Sun 19 Aug
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, August 19, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

"Climate Refugees," award-winning documentary film investigating mass migration caused by climate change. Followed by a conversation with Lake Placid resident Alexandra Harden, Master of Arts in Climate and Society from Colombia University.

Tue 21 Aug
The Best Hated Man in America
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Grant Cottage Site Manager Dave Hubbard will examine Ward's life, from his beginnings in western New York State, to his financial career, criminal activities, his connections to the Grants and the family's financial ruin and his time in prison.

Wed 22 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday - Bugs w/ George Steele
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join educator George Steele for a family-friendly evening to collect and identify insects. We'll use sweep nets along the edge of the fields near the river and discover who's who in the insect world.Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns Kim and Keri. More details to come.

Sat 25 Aug
Go Batty! at Thacher Park Visitor Center
Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Thacher State Park is home to several different species of bats. In summer bats are very active, leaving their roosts in the evening to hunt for insects. Join us and get active as we learn about bat behaviors through some hands-on activities and a bat-themed craft. Appropriate for children ages 6 and up. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Aug
Women’s Self Defense Class
Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Held at Grafton's new Welcome Center. $20/person. Led by ABC Women's Self-Defense. Pre-registration required by calling 518-279-1155.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Sat 25 Aug
Go Batty! at Thacher Park Visitor Center
Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Thacher State Park is home to several different species of bats. In summer bats are very active, leaving their roosts in the evening to hunt for insects. Join us and get active as we learn about bat behaviors through some hands-on activities and a bat-themed craft. Appropriate for children ages 6 and up. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Aug
The Rise and Fall of James Dean Fish
Saturday, August 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Join Amy Halsted, the great-great granddaughter of Fish on the porch of Grant Cottage to learn her ancestor's story, involving a gifted young actress, a mysterious trunk, U.S. Grant, and whole lot of scandal.

Sat 25 Aug
Adventure Kayaking
Saturday, August 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Come Adventure Kayaking with Mine Kill! Depending on water levels, participants will get the chance to paddle up the Schoharie Creek on a guided tour. You'll see amazing sights from different soil types, aquatic invasives, bald eagles, fish, rock formations, small waterfalls, and more!

Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. Personal kayaks or canoes are permitted for free. All participants are required to wear an approved and fitting PFD that will be checked by staff. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Arrangements can be made for younger children but please call ahead. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; no walk-ins will be allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Please wear sneakers, water shoes, or closed toe sandals. Barefoot is not recommended.

For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Aug
Kayaking with Ashley
Saturday, August 25, 2018 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Ashley for an intro-level paddling course on the Schodack Creek. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Kayaks, life jackets, and paddles will be provided.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Aug
Movies in the Park
Saturday, August 25, 2018 08:15 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet in the field for an outdoor movie. Brought to you in partnership with Castleton Library.

Sun 26 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 26 Aug
Grant’s Next Chapter
Sunday, August 26, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Historian Chris Mackowski explains why Vicksburg literally closed the book on one phase of Grant's career and set the stage for a whole new chapter.

Sun 26 Aug
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, August 26, 2018 08:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Nighttime outdoor screening of "Coco", Pixar's vibrant, award-winning celebration of Mexican culture, family and the power of dreams and love. Bring blankets and bedtime snacks for 8pm screeningunder open skies.

Tue 28 Aug
June 12, 1863: The Day the War Stopped
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm, portraying Oliver Batcheller of Saratoga, will tell the story of John Hart of Schenectady and the Southern town that honored him in 1863.

Tue 28 Aug
Storytime at the Park
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 06:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Miss Joelle from Castleton Public Library for a special storytime at the Park! Recommended for ages birth to 6.

Tue 28 Aug
The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion w/ Anita Sanchez & Friends Meeting
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion

Join us as we welcome author Anita Sanchez who will share some stories, lore, and recipes involving dandelions. Once a highly esteemed medicine and a popular garden plant, it's only recently that dandelions have lost their popularity. We'll try dandelion tea and collect some specimens of dandelions and other common medicinal plants.

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Tue 28 Aug
Family Movie Night
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 08:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Bring a chair or blanket and come watch a family-friendly movie under the stars on our big outdoor screen. Ask at the park office for the movie title. Free!
Fri 31 Aug
Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 31, 2018 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Fri 31 Aug
Fireside Jams
Friday, August 31, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 01 Sep
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 1, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Please bring a donation to support Kelly's work. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 01 Sep
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, September 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Sep
Learn to Fish
Saturday, September 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Find out what fish you might catch in the river, learn how to tie a fishing knot, and kids 15 and under can try casting a line in the Hudson River. Meet at the Boat Launch.

Sat 01 Sep
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 1, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Please bring a donation to support Kelly's work. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 01 Sep
Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, September 1, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Sat 01 Sep
Wildlife Wonders with Ranger Raid
Saturday, September 1, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Take a walk outside your door. What do you hear? Maybe a tweet, a howl, a growl? What do you see? A nest, a track, a piece of fur, or a feather? Have you ever wondered what those sounds were or who those tracks belong to?

Wildlife Wonders with Ranger Raid will discuss the various species of NY and their behaviors, appearances, habitats, tracks, calls, and other aspects. This is a hands-on learning experience with gorgeous full body taxidermy displays of coyotes, bobcats, black bears, white-tail deer, owls, and more. Pelts, bones, skulls, feathers, and other items will also be on display for participants to touch and inspect. You don't want to miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife from your area.

This event is free to the public, pre-registration is not required. For more information please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sun 02 Sep
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sat 08 Sep
Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park Overlook
Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Thacher Park Overlook is a great place to watch for hawks flying south during their fall migration. Hawk Watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer questions, provide background material, compile statistics, and assist with hawk identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation with Richele Ford. Refreshments will be available at the Overlook concession stand. On Sunday, September 11, raptor viewing and counting continues with Will Aubrey. Call 518-872-0800 for additional information.

Sat 08 Sep
Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park Overlook
Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Thacher Park Overlook is a great place to watch for hawks flying south during their fall migration. Hawk Watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer questions, provide background material, compile statistics, and assist with hawk identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation with Richele Ford. Refreshments will be available at the Overlook concession stand. On Sunday, September 11, raptor viewing and counting continues with Will Aubrey. Call 518-872-0800 for additional information.

Sat 08 Sep
Men of Steel: Submarines in the Civil War
Saturday, September 8, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

CDR Tory Swanson, USN (Ret.), will discuss submarine use during the Civil War, challenges to submarine research and development, and the innovations that led to some of the naval technology now used in our submarine force.

Sat 08 Sep
Kayaking with Ashley
Saturday, September 8, 2018 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Ashley for an intro-level paddling course on the Schodack Creek. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Kayaks, life jackets, and paddles will be provided.

Registration: Required
Sun 09 Sep
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 09 Sep
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, September 9, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

"Asylum Seekers on the Northern Border: Gathering and Telling Their Stories," featuring oral history workshop, 12-3pm with Gerry Zahavi, and video discussion with Janet McFetridge, founder of Plattsburgh Cares, at 4pm.

Wed 12 Sep
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House- Discover more wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. More information to come.
Sat 15 Sep
Blues at Timbuctoo Concert & Conversation
Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Blues at Timbuctoo Concert & Conversation, featuring Jerry Dugger Blues Band, Piedmont Bluz and Shannon LaBrie plus emcee Ellen Rocco, and special 50th anniversary salute to NCPR —complete with birthday Cake. 10-6pm. This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts."

Sat 15 Sep
Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Sun 16 Sep
Let Us Have Peace
Sunday, September 16, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

General, Grant, portrayed by Steve Trimm, will share thoughts about how societies and individuals might contribute to peace-making and explain why "Let Us Have Peace" became the cry of his heart. This program is inspired by World Peace Day, held on September 21.

Sat 22 Sep
Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the Park's trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

 

Mon 24 Sep
Moonlight Kayaking
Monday, September 24, 2018 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Sep
Epizooty! The Great Horse Influenza and the Erie Canal w/ Travis Bowman & Friends Meeting
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- What happened when every engine in New York State effectively stopped working at the same time? Post-Civil War America is commonly thought of as a time of rapid industrialization and mechanization, but in reality, horses and mules were still at the heart of every transportation system in the country. Using collections from the new exhibit at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Senior Curator from the NYS Bureau of Historic Sites Travis Bowman will discuss the devastating effects of the horse influenza epizootic of 1872-3, which shut down the Erie Canal and possibly drove a leading freight company on the canal to go bankrupt in 1874.

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Fri 28 Sep
Fireside Jams
Friday, September 28, 2018 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 29 Sep
Fall Fest
Saturday, September 29, 2018 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Come to the Park for our Annual Fall Fest. Kids activities, music, and a cook-out with Schodack Landing Fire Company.

Mon 01 Oct
Kayaking with Ashley
Monday, October 1, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Ashley for an intro-level paddling course on the Schodack Creek. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Kayaks, life jackets, and paddles will be provided.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
A Program Celebrating Women’s Suffrage: 1848 to 1920 - A Path Through History Weekend Program
Saturday, October 6, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

In the context of the nationwide struggle for suffrage, learn about the issues at stake in the long fight for women's rights, and how local women (suffragists and anti-suffragists) participated in the fight. Chapman Museum Educator Kim Harvish will present a program enriched by the theater and music performances of Sandi Rhodes, Patricia Dolton and Frieda Toth.

Sun 14 Oct
Fall Paddle
Sunday, October 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

John Burroughs once said "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." If you want to witness some beautiful Autumn colors, sign up for our Fall Paddle Tour! We'll paddle up the Schoharie Creek if the water level allows and witness the bright yellows, reds, and oranges, that signal the changing of the seasons. This is a relaxing, quiet tour for patrons who need to rent a kayak, or have their own. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Tue 16 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center- Come explore the trails at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site w/ site educator David for this free Autumn Tour. The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.

Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails. In case of *Rain* tour will be post-poned.

Tue 06 Nov
NYS History Month – Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- Speaker & Topic TBA Celebrate the rich history of New York State with us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.
Tue 13 Nov
NYS History Month – Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- Speaker & Topic TBA Celebrate the rich history of New York State with us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.
Tue 20 Nov
NYS History Month – Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- Speaker & Topic TBA Celebrate the rich history of New York State with us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.
Tue 27 Nov
NYS History Month – Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- Speaker & Topic TBA Celebrate the rich history of New York State with us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.